Maximizing First Impressions
Exterior and Curb Appeal Experts
say most buyers make their decision at first sight.
Prospective buyers will react well to signs your home has been meticulously
- Manicure landscaping: mow, edge
and water lawn, trim hedges, weed and fertilize flowerbeds and prune trees.
- Keep driveway clean and free
of parked cars, and keep the garage door closed.
- Repair or replace loose or damaged
- Minimize cracks or crumbling
on walkways, walls, or steps, and keep them clean and free of obstructions
like toys or snow.
- Items from RV’s to waste cans
left out can contribute to a cluttered or busy appearance. Make sure that
from the street, your property appears clean.
- Inspect appearance of interior
window coverings from the curb.
- Repair any peeling paint or
loose caulking on windows or other areas.
- Take steps to eliminate inspect
or rodent pests.
- Pick up after your pets or neighborhood
While agents work the lockbox for a key, buyers have idle time to notice details.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint
to the front door and frame.
- Consider adding pots of flowering
plants in the entryway if weather permits.
- Eliminate cobwebs and groom
doorway area windows, porch light, or decorative glass.
Once inside, experts say most buyers are reaffirming their curbside decision.
Light and Bright
- Give every room in the house
a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. Hiring a cleaning service may
pay for itself by adding to a buyer’s perceived value of your home.
- For a sleeker, more spacious
look, consider placing furniture from crowded rooms in storage.
- Clear kitchen counters of everything
other than perhaps a few very pretty items. Ask yourself: In a model home,
would a professional decorator put your choice of items out on the counter?
- Remember: Closets will be opened!
Keep closets, cupboards, and even your attic orderly and neat. Since you
are anticipating a move anyway, consider holding a garage sale or boxing
and storing unused belongings.
- If necessary, repaint or clean/replace
dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls, and window and floor coverings
with a light, neutral shade. Bright rooms look bigger, and neutral colors
help buyers envision their own furnishings and décor.
- Repair dripping faucets, burned-out
light bulbs, or cracked windowpanes.
- Repair cracks, holes or damage
to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, and tiles.
- Subtle scents of potpourri in
bedrooms or baths and fresh baked cookies or cinnamon in the kitchen can
make your home more inviting.
- Keep an attractive set of towels
in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.